Policies of Belonging

A five-channel video installation with five timers. It features five irises of different shades, from pale to a deep purple, blossoming slowly. While the paler irises bloom quickly, the darker ones take their time, growing so slowly. Based on studies on the correlation between skin color and the speed with which newcomers might become naturalized in North America—the darker the skin, the longer the process—the work speaks to systemic discrimination directed toward the displaced.